Minnesota Collie Frolic

The Minnesota Collie Frolic will be held on Sunday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge located at 10073 Baltimore Street NE in Blaine, Minn.  This event is free and open to all collie owners.  So, gather up your collies, and your friends with collies.

Milwaukee Collie Frolic

It’s time again to get our frolic on in the Milwaukee area. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 20th, from noon to 4 p.m. and be ready to romp. We will be gathering at the Central Bark on State St. in Wauwatosa – the same location as last year, 6228 W. State St. Suite G

Central Bark requires all dogs that use their facilities to be up to date on vaccinations including Bordatella. There will be a form to sign that requests vaccination expiration dates. Please make sure you know these dates for the form or print out the attached copy to fill out in advance.

To RSVP, get directions or ask questions, please email me at sbrebe@yahoo.com
I hope to see lots of collies for tail wagging fun,
 – Sarah
From I-94 West:

Take exit 307A for 68th St. toward 70th St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Right onto S 68th St. (1.0 mi)
Turn Right onto State St.
Central Bark is on the Left
6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

From I-94 East
Take exit 307A toward 68th St/70th St (0.2 mi)
Merge onto W. Kearney St. (0.2 mi)
Turn Left onto S 68th St (1.0 mi)Turn Right onto State St.

Central Bark is on the Left
6228 W. State St. Suite G, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Upcoming events

MWCR will be participating in the Dog Olympics on Sunday, April 15, at the AgStar Arena on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Dog Olympics is a fun event organized by the veterinary students at the University of Minnesota.  Come with or without you dog for a day of competitions. 


MWCR will have a booth at the Pause 4 Paws Annual Adoption Event on Saturday, April 21, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Brooklyn Park location of Stone Mountain Pet Lodge.  The organizers are planning a variety of activities, including a bake sale and raffle.


Spring flowers for Twin Cities area residents

Animal Folks Minnesota is holding a spring plant sale fundraiser. Ann Olson, the executive director of Animal Folks Minnesota, a nonprofit that works on puppy mill issues, was the guest speaker at MWCR’s Annual Dinner in 2015.   A variety of hanging baskets and patio pots are available.  Orders must be placed by April 10 and will be available for pick up on May 18 in Savage or May 19 in St. Paul.  This is a great opportunity to get beautiful flowers and support a reputable animal organization.


Notes from our President

By Terry Libro

Thank you for voting

Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2018 MWCR election for President and Secretary. If you haven’t mailed your ballot, there still is time to do so.

The Nominating Committee, consisting of  Linda Riegger, Judith Roggow, Russell Sager, and Matt Beckwith with the assistance of Chris Norman, will be meeting in mid-March to count the ballots and officially announce the results.

Online auction

Mark your calendars for May 23 to May 27, the dates of this year’s MWCR Online Auction.  Linda Riegger, along with Barb and Dave Gibson, are getting ready for the second MWCR Online Auction to benefit MWCR’s collies.  Last year’s auction was very successful with bidders from across the country.  Watch for more details closer to the date.

Event season has started

MWCR’s community event season started with this year’s Great Lakes Pet Expo and will continue with numerous events through the spring, summer, and fall.   If you have a few hours to spare, we’d love for you and your collie to staff our booth at various events.  We’ll be listing our upcoming events so if something catches your eye, come and join us.

Notes from our president

2018 Membership Renewals

Thank you to everyone who renewed their MWCR memberships and to the new people who joined. If you’re still interested in being an MWCR member, simply return your paper renewal form to the address on the form, renew online at www.mwcr.org, or in you’re interested in joining, complete a membership form on our website. And, thank you to all who included a donation with your renewal.  Greatly appreciated by all of the collies we’ve taken in from the cold this winter.

Suggestions for New Services

Thank you to everyone who submitted suggestions for additional services that MWCR could provide. Your thoughtful suggestions covered many areas, including food allowances for foster homes, additional support for chronic conditions, temporary fostering of collies to prevent the need for surrender, and others. The Board has started the process of reviewing and prioritizing the suggestions to determine which we could feasibly implement in the short term and which may need much more planning and review. If you have additional suggestions, please send them to bod@mwr.org.

Online Silent Auction

MWCR is planning another online silent auction this spring. Linda Riegger has volunteered to head up this popular fundraiser again this year. Watch for more details in the coming months.

Community Event Season has Started

MWCR’s participation in community events is starting with the Great Lakes Pet Expo in Milwaukee at the State Fair Park on Saturday, February 3. So, stop by our booth and visit with MWCR volunteers and their collies.

We participate in community events to increase the awareness of MWCR, to showcase our wonderful adopted collies, and to support the organizers of these community events, many of whom are volunteers themselves who organize events to promote animals and their adoption. We’re always looking for more volunteers to spend a few hours at our booth interacting with the public. Watch for a list of upcoming events and their location and let Cat (cat_chisago@frontiernet.net), know if you’d like to volunteer.  There is an underscore _ between cat and chisago.  Thanks so much!

Terry Libro, MWCR President

November events

2017 Annual Dinner 

The Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser held on November 4 was a success with about fifty people gathering to hear our guest speaker, enjoy a delicious lasagna meal, visit the abundant silent auction, and stock up on Kitty Hilk’s goodies.  All who attended received a new MWCR coffee mug made by Yogi and Joan Tadisch of Spirit Graphics.  We’ll have a few of the mugs available for purchase at the Collie Frolics in 2018.  Thank you to everyone who attended for making the event a success.  And, thank you to the members of the Events/Fundraising Committee who worked many hours on the Dinner – Barb Gibson, Brenda Pulkrabek, Cat Olund, Catherine Loveridge, Judy Roggow, Kitty and Arnie Hilk, Linda Riegger, and Robin Kashuba. More pictures from the dinner can be seen here.

November Fundraising a Success

November was MWCR’s month of giving.  MyLinda Anderson, MWCR’s Secretary and extraordinary fundraiser, created our highly successful 2017 Give to the Max and Giving Tuesday online fundraising campaigns.  MyLinda compiled stories about the collies we helped in 2017 and created a video featuring our adopted collies.  The results of our month of giving are being compiled and will be announced shortly.  Thank you to everyone for generously supporting MWCR and making a difference in the lives of the collies we foster and adopt.

The MWCR Annual Dinner & Fundraiser is less than a week away

The Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser is this Saturday, Nov. 4th. If you haven’t registered, please do so at mwcr.org or send an email to tlibro@hotmail.com

This is the perfect weather to enjoy comfort food like traditional and vegetable lasagna and help our collies.  We’ll have an entertaining speaker, door prizes, and a “free” table where people can drop off items not being used and can help themselves to other free items.  As always, we’ll have a large silent auction with items such as a $100 VISA gift card, a $50 VISA gift card, a gift basket from Chuck and Dons, a wine basket, a gourmet pasta basket, dog beds, and other items perfect for gift giving.  Gray Gables Farm products, including gift baskets for people and yummy dog treats, will be available for purchase.

So, let’s gather from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, at the Wayzata American Legion located at 949 Wayzata Blvd E in Wayzata, Minn., for a fun event to benefit MWCR and our wonderful collies.  Plus, everyone attending will go home with a special gift made by MWCR members Joan and Yogi Tadisch of Spirit Graphics.

Hope to see you next Saturday!

MWCR Events and Fundraising Committee